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January will be a serious month. Saturn meets up with Pluto in the somber sign of Capricorn. This leads to endings caused by realizations of what is over and done with. Know that it is the appropriate time if something or someone leaves your life.

You will see the bottom line, the reality of life, that you have been overlooking.

There is a Lunar eclipse on January 10, right before the Saturn-Pluto meeting. This adds to the theme of lightening up your life. January 9-14 is a serious, meaningful time. Think hard and be practical when you make choices.

The Chinese Year of the Rat begins on January 25. The Rat begins the sequence of animals in the Chinese zodiac. Think of it as a year to begin and start fresh.

After Uranus turns direct on January 10, there is long stretch of time when all of the planets are in direct motion. This is a rare window of time, an opportunity to move yourself forward. It lasts until Mercury goes retrograde on February 16.

January is a month when you will see parts of life come to an end. If you hustle up and fill in that space you can create your life the way you want it to be. If you don’t act now, you lose a great opportunity.

January 1 – Moon in Pisces. Welcome in the New Year and the New Decade with a prayer. Devote a good part of the day to spiritual matters. Make resolutions that reflect your purest consciousness. Set some goals that will help others, the community, the planet, and yourself. If your quiet your mind, you will know what you need to do in the coming year.

January 2 – Moon in Aries. You have a lot to say as you begin the new year. You’ll find the right words to make your proposals and will be very convincing. There will be obstacles in your way as you advance your agenda, but you have the energy to find your way around them. You don’t want to follow the tried and true but head out on your own path.

January 3 – Moon in Aries, VC 8:18 pm. Mars enters Sagittarius today. You will find that it will be easier to take action by looking forward, not backwards. Keep starting new projects. You need to work alone and assert your independence. There could be a face-off with someone in authority who wants you to play by his rules. Hold on to your temper.

January 4 – Moon VC Aries, enters Taurus 11:15 am. Go out running, go to the gym, or take a long hike in the morning hours when you can use the remaining Aries energy. You’ll feel less like being active and more like a couch potato as the day moves on. It’s time to take a rest after all the holiday activities. Have one last chocolate binge before you start your new diet.

January 5 – Moon in Taurus. It’s an earthy day when it’s good to take care of your possessions, your home, and your body. Sort through your music library, your art supplies, the pictures you have in the closets, and other things that you may have forgotten you own. Pamper your body with a massage or bubble bath. Do tomorrow’s important work today.

January 6 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 9:11 pm. Make your plan for the day in the early morning hours so you can spend the day following through on it and not have to figure out what to do. It’s a good day to return the gifts you need to give back or to pass  them on. You can shop the sales and be able to pick out the items of worth. Try to declutter.

January 7 – Moon in Gemini. Your mind will be going in many directions. Chose the things to do that can be done quickly. It’s hard to concentrate today. We’re heading up to another eclipse so the energy is wonky and not great for making definite decisions. It is good for meeting with people and tossing ideas around. Browse the libraries, bookstores, and the Internet to learn about things you didn’t know existed.

January 8 – Moon in Gemini, VC 5:16 pm. You need to stay flexible when things upset your schedule. Do some stream of consciousness writing exercises. Answer letters, emails, phone calls, and texts. It will feel good to be in conversations where you exchange ideas and information. Check in with your siblings and see if you can give them any advice.

January 9 – Moon in Cancer. We are close to an eclipse and a weekend of strong planetary events. Do what you can to make sure you will feel safe and secure as you ride the erratic currents of the next few days. Stock up on your comfort foods. Resolve any tension you have with another person. Meditate and pray that you will accept whatever comes your way.

January 10 – Moon in Cancer, VC 6:58 pm. Today’s full Moon is eclipsed. It will bring an ending which leads to change for matters concerning home and family. The Sun meets Mercury and they offer you new ideas to use in achieving your goals. You can see results from past efforts. Uranus turns into direct motion to shake things up. Be grateful for what you have and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.

January 11 – Moon in Leo. Have love in your heart. Do things your own way and let your creative side lead you through the day. Express yourself and don’t pay attention to what others think. Have fun with your kids, or a friend’s, and spend time in the moment with them. Cheer someone up who is lonely or upset. Be generous with your hugs and kisses.

January 12 – Moon in Leo. Saturn and Pluto meet and discuss how they can upend whatever is old and worn out. It’s a big signal for endings and for transformation. You can’t fool yourself or anyone else anymore. Mercury joins them to put words to your feelings and help you form a new plan for going forward. It’s a day to make adjustments on many levels.

January 13 – Moon in Leo, VC from 8:42 am until 9:06 am when it enters Virgo. The Sun meets up with Saturn and Pluto. This forces the issue and you will know where you need to let go and where to keep going. It’s not an easy day as the harsh truth stares you in the eyes. Though you feel how the pressure that has been building up over the past few weeks is being released. Venus enters Pisces, she shows you how to love everyone with no conditions attached.

January 14 – Moon in Virgo. Today is the day to clean up any mess that happened over the weekend. You can look at your options with a pragmatic eye and then see what you need to do to bring it down to earth. Take the steps to make it real, to make it happen. You can accomplish much today as you will want to devote the time to work.

January 15 – Moon in Virgo, VC from 7:12 am until 10:43 am when it enters Libra. It’s a day to make balance in all areas of life. You’ll know what’s out of sorts and can adjust it, like staring a picture on the wall that’s at a tilt. Invite a friend to do something with you today. Work in a team at your job. Improve your listening skills when you interact with others, especially with your partner.

January 16 – Moon in Libra. Make some changes to how you decorate your house and office. It will be a good idea to change the aesthetics to express what you like right now. Update your wardrobe by recycling the clothes you don’t wear and replacing them with a few things you love. Mercury enters Aquarius and helps you think outside of the box.

January 17 – Moon in Libra, VC from 7:58 am until 1:20 pm when it enters Scorpio. You’ll find it hard to get motivated this morning. It’s a good time to make plans to redecorate the home or office, to address any uncomfortable friction between you and another, and to think about how to stay happy this winter. Finish up projects that you’ve begun.

January 18 – Moon in Scorpio. This is a good weekend to be introspective. Stay inside and put your energy into something personal. You’ll have the energy to do research and to get to the bottom of something that is puzzling you. Bring your journal up to date. Follow your passion and see where it leads you. Relax with a good mystery tonight.

January 19 – Moon in Scorpio, VC from 4:22 pm until 5:41 pm when it enters Sagittarius. Today is the last day of Capricorn. Use its energy to make plans for the winter, for the year, for the next 5 years. Plot out your career trajectory. Get out and learn something tonight. See a movie made in another county, go to an ethnic restaurant for dinner.

January 20 – Moon in Sagittarius. The Sun enters Aquarius 9:55 am. It’s a transition day when the Sun changes signs. You can drop your limitations, both external and internal, and shoot your arrow into new territory to chase after freedom. You’ll have to do two days’ work today to take care of tomorrow’s business. See if you can find a course to take, a workshop to attend tomorrow. 

January 21 – Moon VC Sagittarius. The Moon is void all day and up until midnight. It’s a great time to take a personal day. You’ll do best if you can feed your mind with all kinds of new ideas and concepts. Get together with people who love ideas and see what the group mind conjures up. Read travel books and histories and philosophy.

January 22 – Moon in Capricorn. Bring your ideas down to a practical level and do what you must to make them real. You can catch upon your work load if you streamline the way you get things done. Downsize where and when you can. Try for maximum efficiency. Make a wish this evening and then work out a way to make it come true.

January 23 – Moon in Capricorn, VC 9:08 pm. the Sun and Uranus have a tussle and neither one wants to give in. They are showing you where you have resistance to change. You will be working on issues that were raised the weekend of January 12 and will be able to see the bottom line on them. Jupiter and Venus bestow blessings on the day and give you help to do what is necessary. Tonight is the dark of the Moon.

January 24 – Moon VC in Capricorn, enters Aquarius 8:20 am. Try not to be too stubborn when someone comes to you with new thoughts. Embrace the unusual and the unlikely. Today’s new Moon, with its emphasis on thought, is a time to reprogram your thinking. You can break unwanted habits and tell yourself that you are now a different person who does not do those things.

January 25 – Moon in Aquarius, VC 11:06 am. Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the Rat. Get today’s and tomorrow’s errands done in the morning. Then you can stretch out and chill for the rest of the weekend. Put time into your writing, film, or photography. Learn a new craft. Build that thing you’ve been meaning to construct. Binge on old science fiction movies or books.

January 26 – Moon VC Aquarius, enters Pisces 6:44 pm. Spend time with acquaintances with whom you share a common ideology and goal. It’s a good day to really get to know them. Break out of your Sunday routine and do something different. Envision a new future for you and the world. Imagine an invention that you could build. It’s a day to do what you want without worrying about responsibilities.

January 27 – Moon in Pisces. Venus connects with Neptune and they throw a spiritual aura over the day. It is a good time to meditate, chant, pray. Make sure to do an act of kindness. You can trust what your intuition is telling you. Let it lead you towards a new way of acting. Remember that others are feeling as sensitive as you do so be nice to everyone you meet as you go through the day.

January 28 – Moon in Pisces VC 8:08 pm. Don’t expect logic when you speak to other people. Everyone is distracted by the beauty they see or imagine. You can get a lot done but you have to do it your way, which may be a bit convoluted. You can turn your creative ideas into reality using your favorite artistic means. Tell yourself to remember your dreams tonight.

January 29 – Moon in Aries. You can finish up the month with a flare as you advance your personal agenda. today and tomorrow are days when you will be moving forward like a race horse out of the starting gate. You’ve had plenty of time to think about the ways you can improve your work, life, career, and home so put your ideas into action.

January 30 – Moon in Aries. The Sun in airy Aquarius feeds this fire Moon to give you an abundance of energy. You’ll work fast and prefer to be alone so you can go at your own pace. Don’t waste time being impatient or annoyed by someone who is slower, just move on by yourself. You will keep going until late into the evening and it will feel good to be so active. You need to do tomorrow’s important work today.

January 31 – Moon in Aries, VC from 10:10 am until 7:28 pm when it enters Taurus. You’ll run into a few obstacles in the morning when the forces of reality slow you down. Do as much as you can and think about starting the weekend early. Go somewhere beautiful and have a restful time.